Former Nigeria track and field international Henry Amike has been named as the Elite Athletes and Finish Manager for the sixth IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race which holds next month in Okpekpe near Auchi, Etsako East local Government Area of Edo State.
The Director of Organisation Zack Amodu says the choice of Amike who still holds the Nigeria record (48.50 seconds) in the men’s 400m hurdles is to ensure nothing goes wrong with the management of the elite athletes right from their arrival into Nigeria, at the competition venue and until their departure after the race.
Amodu said, “We are delighted Henry Amike has accepted to be our elite athletes’ manager for the sixth IAAF silver label Okpekpe race. Amike comes with loads of experience in international athletics and he is the right person to liaise with the elite athletes that have registered for the race.
“Amike will take responsibility for the athletes upon arrival in Nigeria, manage their trip to Okpekpe, their hotel accommodation and will accompany them on the route tour a day to the race.
“What we have done is to call on somebody who has had the experience of managing these international and local elite athletes,” he explained.
Amike ran in the finals of the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, USA and the IAAF World Championships in Rome, Italy in 1987.
He won gold in the event at the African Championships held in Lagos in August 1989 before winning the silver medal at the IAAF World Cup in Athletics the following month in Barcelona, Spain.
The Okpekpe road race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.